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15 gifts for the book lovers in your life

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Holiday shopping made easy with gift ideas for the book lovers in your life. Photo via Little Professor Bookshop on Facebook

Looking for the perfect gift for the book lovers on your shopping list? Whether you’re buying a novel for the friend who’s always reading or a coffee mug to cozy up with, we reached out to Birmingham bookstores for their recommendations. Here are 15 gift ideas from bookstores and local authors.

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New Cortland Vesta apartments offer unbeatable access to the heart of Five Points South

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A view of the Cortland Vesta mid- and high-rise apartment communities in Five Points South. Photo via Cortland Vesta

The newest apartment community in Five Points South is officially open for business. With an unbeatable view of the sprawling city landscape and unparalleled access to the surrounding community, Cortland Vesta makes living in Birmingham a breeze.

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Items needed for Holiday Hygiene Drive for Donaldson Correctional Facility by December 16th

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The Jefferson County Memorial Project is collecting much-needed hygiene items for the men of Donaldson Correctional Facility. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

What are you hoping for this Christmas? A new gaming console? A TV? What about a bar of soap? For the men at the Donaldson Correctional Facility, basic hygiene products like soap are hard to come by throughout the year. That’s why the Jefferson County Memorial Project is hosting a Holiday Hygiene Drive from now until December 16th. Here’s how you can get involved.

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A long-term cure for heartburn, right here in Birmingham—here’s how

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A community built on care. Photo via Brookwood Baptist Medical Center on Facebook

Do you keep antacids on hand at all times? Do you avoid spicy foods at dinnertime, or altogether? Well, the wellness experts at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center have some good news for you. Read on to learn about an innovative procedure available there that could rid you of that pesky heartburn forever.

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Jimmie Hale Mission’s Active Recovery program gave James a second chance. Now, he’s giving one to others

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Jimmie Hale Mission held a recent graduation for clients from the Active Recovery Program. Photo via Jimmie Hale Mission

Jimmie Hale Mission (JHM)’s free services continue to open new doors for clients. They stopped one Birmingham resident from going down a darker path and now he’s helping implement JHM’s new Active Recovery Program. Hear James Poe’s story and how the nonprofit can provide the same hope for others when you donate to the Mission.

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Scroll into the weekend with events, deals + more December 4-6

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Holiday weekend vibes. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

It’s the last weekend to feel some zen before the time to order holiday gifts online slips away. Those Amazon delivery times aren’t getting any shorter, folks. Before you feel those ho-ho-holy moly’s of the holidays, Birmingham, take a leisurely scroll into the weekend with events, deals and more December 4-6.

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A cozy bungalow is an open house away. Find yours Dec. 4-6

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Are you looking for a new home in Birmingham? We’ve got nine open houses for you to check out this weekend – you’re sure to find the perfect home for you. Enjoy!

2800 10TH CT BIRMINGHAM, AL 35205 (RealtySouth)

Open House: HIGHLAND PARK 12/06 14:00-16:00
2800 10TH CT
BIRMINGHAM,AL 35205
sq. ft.
5 bedrooms 3 full/0 half baths
$675000
For more info, contact Pye Parson at 205-837-8188 or email pparson@realtysouth.com


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Altamont School Debate Team thrives in a digital world

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Altamont’s Debate Team and Coaches. Photo via The Altamont School

In the midst of the global pandemic, high school debates have changed from in-person to digital competitions. A once exclusive activity that required traveling throughout the country to compete, Altamont students can now debate competitors in front of a laptop.

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ASFA grad lands role in hit Netflix series “Dash & Lily”

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Ianne Fields Stewart is an Alabama School of Fine Arts alum and has a long history of activism in Birmingham. See them on screen in the Netflix hit “Dash&Lily.” Photo submitted

Ianne Fields Stewart stars as Roberta in the Netflix hit, Dash & Lily. The show, which has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, takes its audience through a whimsical Christmas romance. See how the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) grad followed a path that led them to the role.

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James Spann, Sloss Furnaces among Alabama ornaments featured on national Christmas tree

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Vulcan, James Spann and other Birmingham landmarks are now on display on the national Christmas tree in Washington D.C. Photo via Shelby County Schools

Drop the papier-mâché—nothing I ever created in art class made it further than my mom’s dresser. The same isn’t true for these Shelby County High School art students. Their self-designed Alabama ornaments hang on the national Christmas tree in Washington D.C.

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Get one, then give a pair of shoes to an essential worker from Dec 4-13 at Mountain High Outfitters

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It’s giving season at MHO! Photo via Mountain High Outfitters

Remember earlier this year when we shared the exciting “Get One, Give One” special from Mountain High Outfitters? Well, the promotion is back just in time for the holiday season.

Take advantage of Mountain High Outfitters’ 10 Days of Giving between December 4 and December 13, 2020. All you have to do is purchase a pair of eight select brands in-store only, and Mountain High Outfitters will gift a pair of equal value to the first responder, teacher, restaurant, retail, healthcare or dental care worker of your choice.

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Head to Oxford for Winter Wonderland + Holly Jolly Holidays Dec. 6-13

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Oxford Square. Photo via Bham Now

Less than three hours away from Birmingham lies a picturesque Southern snowglobe just waiting to be explored. Enjoy the season and a change of pace in Oxford, Mississippi. Hop in the car and head over between December 6-13 for winter fun, food and festivities. Check out Visit Oxford MS to start planning your trip today.

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To brie or not to brie—we found the best mac and cheese in Bham

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Photo via Bottega Cafe on Facebook

If you like delicious comfort food and cheesy puns (get it? cheesy?) you have come to the right place, my friend. We asked our audience and our team where we could find the best mac and cheese in Birmingham, and the suggestions came rolling in. Which is no surprise—after all, it’s impastable not to love this classic dish.

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